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West Indies stun England with fightback


The West Indies held their nerves to register a thrilling 5 wicket victory for the West Indies over England at the Brit Oval to claim a place in the T20 semi final.

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul steered the West Indies into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 at England's expense as they beat the hosts by five wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method on Monday.

West Indies, set a revised target of 80 in nine overs after rain delayed the start of the second innings, finished on 82 for five at the Oval with four balls to spare to triumph in a Super Eights match where the winners knew they were going through to the last four.

Sarwan was 19 not out and Chanderpaul 17 not out, their unbroken stand worth 37 after West Indies had been wobbling at 45 for five in the sixth over.

But the experienced duo got the target down to 16 off two overs.

And that became four off seven balls when left-hander Chanderpaul clipped Stuart Broad off his pads for a boundary.

They were left needing three off the last over from Ryan Sidebottom and Sarwan's second ball four saw them home.

Earlier, West Indies captain Chris Gayle square cut James Anderson for four but later in the first over opening partner Andre Fletcher fell for his third straight duck when he skied the bowler to wicket-keeper James Foster.

That left the West Indies six for one but in the next over, from left-arm quick Sidebottom, Gayle drove and square cut two superb boundaries.

However, with his fifth ball, Sidebottom bowled the left-hander for 15 and the West Indies were 16 for two.

And the very next ball that became 16 for three when Lendl Simmons was out for a golden duck after a cut off Stuart Broad flew straight to Sidebottom at third man.

But Kieron Pollard rallied West Indies by driving off-spinner Graeme Swann for six.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was then launched for six first ball over extra-cover by Dwayne Bravo but hit back fourth ball to bowl Pollard.

West Indies were 43 for four at the end of five overs but two balls later Foster, who'd stumped India star Yuvraj Singh during England's nail-biting three-run win which saw the defending champions go out at Lord's on Sunday, whipped off the bails to get rid of Bravo.

Sarwan though counter-attacked with a cover-driven four off Anderson and next ball whipped him down to the fine leg boundary.

England made 161 for six in their full 20 overs. Ravi Bopara top-scored with 55 but no other batsman made more than Kevin Pietersen's 31.

Pietersen, who made 46 against India, pulled his first ball, from Pollard, for four and next ball flicked him behind square for another boundary.

Opener Bopara too showed plenty of class in on-driving Darren Sammy, a late replacement for the injured Fidel Edwards (back) and fellow quick Jerome Taylor for high quality boundaries.

But a stand worth 56 was ended when Pietersen was caught by Andre Fletcher at deep square leg off medium-pacer Simmons for 31.

Bopara, having made a fine fifty, could not press on and was lbw to occasional off-spinner Gayle.

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